On Friday, January 25th, 2019, beloved designer and inspiration to many of us here at YIELD, Florence Knoll Bassett, passed away at the age of 101. Seen below with her beloved Old English Sheepdog, Cartree.
Born in 1917, Knoll has personally witnessed and contributed to the American design evolution from the midcentury heydays to the technological revolutions of more recent years. She studied under an array of influential architects, including Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer in Cambridge, Massachusetts as well as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe at the Illinois Institute of Technology.
She is most well known for her company Knoll that she founded alongside her husband, Hans Knoll. Her collaborations include the 'womb' and 'tulip' chairs alongside childhood friend, Eero Saarinen as well as the Isamu Noguchi coffee table.
"I feel grateful to you for doing such work in a world where mediocrity is the norm." —Charles Eames in a letter to Florence Knoll (the two studied together at the Cranbrook Academy of Art)
For a more in-depth appreciation of Florence's life & legacy, visit Knoll's commemorative post: Celebrating 100 Years of Florence Knoll
All photos courtesy of Knoll, Inc.